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Hi, Autumn! Let me officially welcome you. You are my favorite season, and I'm fairly certain that a good portion of New Englanders (especially food bloggers!) agree with me.

But we feel that way at the start of every season, don't we? At the beginning of spring, we're so excited to have fresh vegetables and fruit, and we are re-encouraged to brighten up meals that had become so dull in the winter months.

Summer comes, and we are just so freaking happy to roll out the grill and throw some big, bloody meat onto it. It's also the season of watermelon, lemonade, ice-cream, and homegrown veggies.

Autumn arrives with that delicious, home-cooked aroma that reminds you of curling up with a blanket, playing in the leaves, breaking out your Northface and scarves (the iconic NE signal that fall has officially arrived). It smells like cinnamon and allspice, roasted poultry and heavenly sauces. It smells like delicious, savory desserts that are made with some of our favorite autumn staples: maple, apples, pumpkins...

And then there's winter. Typically I get all depressed because, for cooking, it's the season that arrives with a big fat tuba player behind it going "Womp womp." By the end of winter, you might scream if you have to eat roast anything. 

But back to Fall! Yay! (I am so not ready for winter) ...continue reading

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Hola. I'm not sure how many times I'm allowed to apologize for being a negligent blog updater, but...I'm sorry. Life is crazy right now for me, as I'm sure it is for all of you as well! Holiday season is nuts.

I won't go into too much detail, but my company is getting ready to submit our device to the FDA for approval so we've been running around like crazy gathering data and working on paperwork, I am taking a photography class AND a cooking class online (remind me to talk about that later!), I have my cruise in less than three weeks, and I'm hoping to finish the first draft of my second book by then. phew. 

But, look at this. STAR WARS COOKIES!

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I guess since my last post was about an Avengers party, an unsuspecting visitor might get confused and think that I'm some sort of nerd. But luckily, my faithful reader, you know better. There is no doubt in your mind that I'm a HUGE nerd. :)

My boyfriend is the big Star Wars geek though, so when I saw these cookie cutters on sale at Williams Sonoma on Black Friday, I had to buy them, and surprise him with a batch or two. It gave me the perfect chance to dive headfirst into the time-consuming world of cookie decorating, but I ended up having so much fun, and it's hard not to love biting into a stormtrooper head.  ...continue reading

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I made these adorable cookies last autumn for a halloween party, and I just couldn't resist making them again. This year, however, I have a year of cooking under my belt, and they came out MUCH better.

Better flavor, better consistency, and the addition of white crystal-like sprinkles added a little sparkle and a fun texture.

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The best part about these cookies is how small they are. They are literally bite sized, so you can eat a whole handful without feeling bad about it. Well, too bad.

I mean, I ate like 4 dozen of these by myself and I feel great!

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Simply follow the instructions for the last time I posted this recipe, up until the part where you cut the dough. Then jump in here.  ...continue reading

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What is Taco Tuesday (or T2), you might ask? 

Well, this alliterative holiday is a weekly ode to deliciously cheap tacos,and a great way to relax with your friends. I have been attending Taco Tuesday celebrations for over 2 years, and it's definitely nice to have something in the middle of the week to look forward to, so you're not just waiting for Friday to hurry up and get here.

We gather at the bar around 8 and partake of $1.00 tacos, play pool and darts, and hang out on the deck if it's nice outside.

At the center of this group is our faithful friend, Taco Dan. Dan is the genius behind the counter, the master of the grill, the wizard of the fryer. He has made us delicious tacos week after week for years, and he has patiently listened to more intoxicated ramblings than I care to remember.

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Well, Dan has moved on to bigger and better things. *sniff sniff* His final Taco Tuesday was last week, but a power outtage left me without the means to finish my surprise cake.

Yeah, go ahead and take a closer look at those pictures. They aren't real tacos... ...continue reading

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101st post! Yay!

So the weekend before my 24th birthday, I drove up to a friend's house for a Roarin' 20's party.

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Wow that's a large picture. 

Anyway, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try out some alcoholic cookies, you know, so I could sneak the booze past the coppers. They were also sort of inspired by the previews for the Great Gatsby, which will be released this coming Christmas. I thought that these chocolatey, minty, topped-with-candy cookies perfectly represented the 1920's. They are fun, flirty, easy to make, wonderful to share at parties, and best of all, liquor infused.

These turned out to be such a great success, and the best part is drinking the leftover alcohol! So grab your pearls and feathers, tuck your flask into your garter, and prepare to get tipsy.  ...continue reading

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You might remember Kevin as the guy I spent hours decorating turtle sugar cookies for over the summer, for his last day of work at the lab before he went to graduate school. I, however, remember him as the bearded guy who is a better baker than I am.

Jerk.

On my very first day of work I was offered a delicious cookie, and I was shocked when they told me the nerd wearing the Doctor Who shirt had baked them. "Boys can bake?" I remember thinking to myself as I brought the cookie into the lab (big no-no). I remember also thinking, "that's a sweet shirt."

And then there was the time I brought in brownies to impress my boss, on the same day that he brought oreos baked into chocolate chip cookies. I was clearly out of my league.

My only choice was to entice him into my kitchen and steal his magic recipes!

Kevin Kewin

He hides his recipes in his beard. But you gotta give him credit for passing the "I'm going to surprise you with a rat on your shoulder while you're cooking, and see how you react" test! 

 

Since Christmas is just a few days away, I figured I'd post his incredible ginger cookies, for you to share with Santa.  ...continue reading

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How stinking cute are these tiny candy corn striped cookies?

I'm going to a halloween party tonight, and I wanted to bring something fun. So I started looking at spooky themed foods and stumbled upon these babies. I couldn't resist!

You will need:

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • red food coloring
  • yellow food coloring

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There's no denying it now. Though I tried to hold on to summer for as long as possible, autumn is definitely upon us. And that's ok, because each new season is a new challenge for me. Once I get comfortable with one set of flavors and a style of cooking, the weather changes and I'm forced to switch it up.

I'm especially excited for fall, because that seems to be the favorite season of food bloggers. And so, to ring in the changing of the leaves and the grill being put away, I decided to make a recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Gimme Some Oven. There are a lot of ingredients, but don't let that stop you because it's an easy recipe and the result is worth it!

You will need:

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  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (she recommended using Libby's, so I do too!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. cream cheese 
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

*I liberally added more spices to the mixture, so my cookies were especially flavorful!

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So, on Saturday I may have visited a certain TJMaxx, and I may have purchased a set of 100 cookie cutters for only $10!!! Who could resist!

LOOK AT THEM ALL! So, being adventurous as always, I decided I needed to make a huge batch of cookies to try them out. I found a recipe online and started making the dough.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I quickly learned that trying to roll out cookie dough on a hot, humid day is damn near impossible. But I did my best, rolling it out on wax paper like I thought I was supposed to do, then I popped it in the oven!

Soon I smelled smoke. And lots of it. Turns out wax paper is not the same as parchment paper. Who knew? (Remember how new at this I am.) I grabbed the pan before the wax paper ignited totally, but it was nice and singed on the corners. Disappointed, I threw the rest of the dough into the fridge and left to do something else.

I came back later that night, once it had cooled down, to give it another shot. And lo and behold it was a huge success!

Except for a few minor slip-ups here and there...

The countertop needed more sprinkles, obviously

But they turned out SO WELL! And it was a lot of fun. I made dinosaurs (duh!), airplanes, teddy bears, hearts, rocket ships, stars and my personal favorite:

ICE CREAM CONES!!! =) How cute are these?

Now that I have more cookie cutters than I'll ever need, I'm stoked to perfect my cookie making abilities and become the best cookie froster ever.

Yum.